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high winds heading our way. it could lead to power outages. tonight, a high wind warning has gone into effect. good afternoon. i'm wendy rieger. >> i'm jim handley. while we were spared another major winter blast, our neighbors up to the north are getting pounded by heavy snow. but here in washington, strong winds are a big problem. meteorologist bob ryan joins us now with the latest. >> that is, indeed. our winds will be increasing throw the nighttime. you can see from our sky watch, we're bouncing around. right now, this is down at national airport. the winds have gusted to 24.
there's going to be stronger winds ahead. so that's the reason that tonight through tomorrow afternoon, a high wind warning is in effect for the washington area. that's not all. there will be moisture spinning around the big storm to our north, which still could be producing some snow. there's a winter weather advisory out for northeastern maryland. meanwhile, out of the mountains of west virginia, it's a blizzard warning with heavy snows and blowing and drifting. you can see the areas to our north where all of that moisture has been. we missed most of the snow. notice back here around hagerstown, some of this rill be rotating around us tonight. in new york city, it's a mixture of snow and rain. upwards of 7 to 8 to 10 inches of snow in syracuse and binghamton. right now in washington, our winds have gusted to 30 miles an hour. look at the wind gusts out at tillman island. 40-mile-an-hour winds. so an increasingly windy night. you'll hear the weather tonight. and then tomorrow with the winds we may also be seeing some snow
showers, perhaps even before to whiten the ground in washington. the winds, though, will be a factor that could be causing power outages. back to you. >> all right. thank you, bob. because of the high winds, the utility crews are trying to stop power outages before they occur. today the crews across the region cleaned up the trees that had fallen during the last storm. they cut the dangling branches and trees that were too close to the lines. right now, local utilities have about 1,000 customers without power, but that is across our region. the strong winds are affecting the rush hour commute along the bay bridge. the maryland transportation authority suspended two-way traffic on the bridge because of the windy conditions. officials are reminding drivers to stay alert. do not change lanes while you're driving over the bridge. also expect delays there. airport delays from that powerful winter storm in the northeast are starting to trickle down to our area. reagan national and dulles are reporting some canceled flights to and from new york, philly,
boston, and while we're not experiencing delays like ty are up north, you're advised to call your airline before heading to the airport just in case. a delivery man was shot while just trying to do his job in district heigh today. the victim who delivers potato chips was the target of an armed robbery. it happened at the drugstore in the 6100 block of old springhill road. pat collins has been following the case. he's in our newsroom with the latest. pat? >> jim, potato chip delivery men are not known for carrying a lot of cash. just chips. well, maybe some lunch money, but not a lot of cash. apparently that didn't deter a gunman in district heights. this security camera at this drugstore recorded video of a potato chip delivery. but watch what happens next. before the delivery man can get the chips off the truck, a hooded robber jumps in the back.
there's a struggle. a gunshot. the robber makes a getaway. the delivery man staggers out, a gunshot wound to his leg. >> he just was coming and kept on saying i'm shot, i'm shot. and pretty much that was it. and then the emergency came and they took care of him that way. >> what do you make of this? >> it's just senseless. just totally senseless. >> he's not known to carry mo y money, is he? >> no. >> reporter: this happened around 10:30 this morning at the kc drugstore in district heigs. police swarmed the scene, looking for clues. looking for that gunman. why would someone rob a potato chip delivery man? >> perhaps they were looking for cash or something like that. the same reason they would rob anybody else. they were looking for cash. >> reporter: but it's a potato chip delivery man. >> that's correct. but sometimes suspects don't realize that vendors may not carry cash. >> reporter: did the suspect get
anything? >> we don't know at this time. probably not. >> now, the suspect is still at large. the potato chip delivery man is expected to be okay. jim, back to you. >> all right. pat collins, thank you. an alert neighbor helped police nab some men accused of breaking into a home. the neighbor saw three men running from a house on donald drive in forestville this afternoon. officers were abl to catch up with two of the suspects at a nearby mall. they recovered a tv set and other electronics. the two men are now charged with burglary and police are still looking for the third suspect. the man who viciously raped a university of maryland college student will be spending the next 15 years in prison. today his victim is speaking out about her terrifying ordeal and hoping it will help prevent it from happening to someone else. john schriffen talked with her today. >> 24-year-old derrick morales is now off the streets after
pleading guilty to the second-degree rape of a university of maryland student. the victim, now 22 and a graduate, does not wish to be identified, but wants her story to be heard. she says the incident happened on february 21st last year at a local bar on campus. after spending the night drinking with friends, she decided to accept a ride home with a m she thought was a cab driver. >> as soon as he passed my apartment, i said, look, that's where i live. i knew that something -- immediately the mood changed and he was very aggressive. >> reporter: she then called her friend for help and got in contact with police. but she says morales repeatedly punched her in the face and then sexually assaulted her. >> ultimately i thought he was going to kill me, you know. following the rape, the fact that he kept driving. i just had no idea where he was taking me. >> reporter: she jumped out of the moving car and was lat found on the side of the road by an off-duty police officer. police went to work and a little over two weeks later found
morales after he ran through a stop sign. he was positively identified in a lineup and prince george's county state's attorney glenn ivey is happy he'll be behind bars. >> given the circumstances, especially the fact that the family wanted to bring closure on this case, there was reluctance about testifying. we thought this plea arrangement was a good way to go. he's got a 15-year jail sentence and will be deported after that. >> reporter: while the sentence brings closure to the case, the victim says the feipainful memos will linger. >> as girls, we shouldn't have to deal with this. we should be able to feel safe. but, you know, you have to -- you have to have your, you know, friends around you, have people around you to make sure that, you know, the situation doesn't happen again. >> reporter: john schriffen, news4. toyota's top executive says today his vehicles are now safe. toyota president akio toyoda met with the top administration
transportation official in washington today. toyoda says his company plans the take safety to the next level. toyoda is trying to figure out what caused the recall of 8.5 million cars around the world. last night, toyoda spoke exclusively to cnbc. >> well, i'm not so sure if we really -- it is really meaningless to say that at this time looking back. what i want to say is the following. we would like to take these comments that toyota took too long very seriously and very sun searly. >> this afternoon, toyoda visited kentucky. today the national transportation safety board wrapped up its three-day hearing into the cause of last june's deadly metro crash. now metro officials, top officials, are saying they know that when it comes to safety, it is time for a change. news4's chris gordon is in the newsroom with more on this. chris? >> well, what emerged from these
hearings is that many people feel that metro's safety culture is flawed. the problem is that workers who are aware of problems don't always report them because they don't necessarily trust metro's managers. now, this is not what caused metro's crash last june that killed nine people. but it could have contributed to it. the official cause of the metro crash that killed nine people last june has not yet been determined, but signs point to a faulty track censor, which failed to identify the train stopped on the tracks near ft. totten. it should have automatically stopped the approaching train and avoided this collision. one of the things that has emerged from this ntsb hearing is that transit employees don't trust metro's managers, so they have been hesitant to report problems for fear of being punished. >> i think there is a culture that has developed over time. it's not something that happened just because of this or just because of the -- the last
accident that occurred. it's happened over time. it's something that we have to change. >> reporter: outgoing general manager john catoe says metro is open to change. >> the issue that we're confronted with is not only just to make it a number-one priority, but the number-one reality. and that's something we have to ensure our employees, that they can communicate safety issues. there are no consequences of a negative nature to them. and that really we embrace it, we encourage it, and it's all of our responsibility. >> reporter: family members of some of the victims who died in the metro crash were not comforted by what they learned from these hearings. >> they pulled the covers back. and they were able to expose what really is going on in wmata in regards to safety and the so-called culture of safety there. from what i gathered, there is an ineffective safety management
program there. there is no safety culture. >> chris tells us the ntsb will take a few more months before issuing its report on the probable cause of the crash. and we'll, of course, bring that to you when that comes out. coming up, changes coming to seaworld after a trainer was killed by a whale. also coming up, tonight on "news4 at 5," the snow is melting but it may cause some problems in the spring. we'll show you how our back-to-back blizzards are already affecting student athletes. think you need to hire a contractor right away? the snow and ice may have you believing you have more damage than meets the eye. find out why, coming up. and could drinking coffee actually save your life? a new study about coffee and strokes.
there's big news this week when it comes to a healthy heart. new studies are out that link happiness, marital status, even the amount of coffee you drink to your risk of stroke and heart attack. doreen gentzler has more on this. >> hi there, wendy. the american heart and stroke associations are having their annual conference in san antonio this week. there's a lot of interesting research coming out of this meeting. tonight, could your morning cup of coffee actually help to protect you from stroke? in a study of more than 20,000 men and women, british
researchers found that those who drank coffee regularly were 29% less likely to have a stroke than non-coffee-drinkers. it didn't matter if the coffee was caffeinated, decaf, instant or ground. it's probably not the caffeine that's helping to prevent stroke, but the scientists aren't sure what else could be a factor. we usually think of stroke as something that affects the elderly, but now new research is finding that the average age for a stroke patient has gone from 71 to 68 since the 1990s. stroke is also affecting more young people. the number of patients between the ages of 20 and 45 who have strokes increased from 4% to 7%. researchers from the university of cincinnati say that's because chronic diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity are all becoming more common among younger age groups. and for men, marital status could be a factor for a stroke. in a study that looked at more
than 10,000 israeli men, those who were single were 64% more likely to die of a stroke than married men were, but married men who said they were unhappy in their relationships also had a 64% higher risk of fatal stroke than those who said their marriages were successful. researchers say that that study supports the theory that having a spouse can improve your health, at least for men. that study was only about men, not about women and whether this affects their likelihood of having a stroke. but it is a medical finding that people in relationships are much more likely to go to the doctor, take their medications and try to eat a healthier diet. so, wendy, jim, that's the latest about stroke and heart attack prevention. >> all right. >> thanks, doreen. let's get the latest on the weather. we've got winds picking up out there. >> yes, indeed. we miss the big snow on the radar.
that big storm off the jersey coastline is throwing back rain through much of new england. boston and even over to albany. new york is sort of on the border. spots like syracuse and rochester, they've been catching it. you've got friends in rochester? that's the way it looks right now. high wind warning goes into effect this evening and tonight and through tomorrow afternoon for winds that could be up to 40, 50 miles an hour. look at the current wind gusts. 30, 35-mile-an-hour wind gusts. who is out in those winds? of course, my colleague veronica johnson. >> of course. i'm out here just for you. indeed, it does feel like we are getting wind-whipped out here. of course, the winds are just going to increase for the overnight and early part of the day tomorrow. but we didn't get any snow here. hey, that's the good thing. there were points north that picked up a trace, half an inch. up around areas of central park, two inches. this is atlantic city that picked up three to five windchills in the 20s.
and in new york where schools were closed today, there was heavy snow and high winds that knocked out power. they picked up between one and two feet of snowfall. of course, it's the power outages that we may be dealing with tomorrow. the scattered power outages -- [ inaudible ] back to you, bob. >> see? you can see nothing like the weather outside on a windy day like today. the winds will be increasing through the evening and night because that storm is getting stronger and stronger. right now the winds at washington are gusting to 26 miles an hour. the windchills with the west side of this storm are into the teens. here you can see since early this morning, it's really been winding up. as it continues to intensify, and with a jet stream over us, some of those, as you can see, strong winds brought right down to the surface. so that's the reason that we are undethat high wind warning. but it begins really later on tonight and so you'll be hearing
the weather tonight and tomorrow. these black lines that i've drawn in, those are called isobars. the stronger the pressure coming out of your faucet, the more pressure the faster it comes. that's the same thing that happens in the atmosphere with the winds. we'll see those winds along with re blizzard conditions in the mountains of west virginia. that storm is sort of stacked up vertical in the atmosphere, so it will be slow to drift off. eventually we will see the winds diminishing as we get on into saturday. meanwhile, tomorrow, the high temperatures only about 39 degrees. so when you get up tomorrow, not only will you have the winds of 30, maybe as strong as 50 miles an hour for you folks in the high spots, up around frederick county, maryland, and also out in louden county and the panhandle of west virginia, but snow showers especially across northern maryland. as i mentioned earlier, could be enough to whiten the ground. still windy tomorrow afternoon. temperatures 35 to 40 degrees. and there could be lingering snow flurries even on saturday.
not quite as windy on saturday nor sunday. but the temperatures still for this time of year below average. into the tail end of march now. tail end of february toward march. our average high is 50 to 51 degrees. next week, a little bit on the chilly side. but the high winds, the winds will increase tonight and on into tomorrow, too. back to you. >> wow. it is howling out there, bob. thank you. >> that was tough. when we come back on "news4 at 5," changes as seaworld after a trainer was killed by a whale there. also we're getting our first look at the damage caused when a plane crashed into a texas building last week.
alive. investigators say the two people on board the plane were a flight instructor and his student. not clear who was at the controls during the crash. and the mayor of austin, texas, says it was eerie to b inside the mangled irs office building that was hit by a plane last week. he just released a photo he took while touring the building this week. the mayor says it felt strange to see the mangled offices and the belongings that workers left behind when they ran from the building. a man with a grudge against the irs flew his small plane into those offices. he did kill an irs worker and himself. big changes are coming to seaworld marine parks after a killer whale caused the death of a trainer down in orlando. yesterday afternoon, the 12,000-pound orca reached up to a poolside platform, grabbed the braid of a female trainer in its mouth, then dragged her underwater. 40-year-old dawn brancheau drowned. the incident has led shows to be suspended indefinitely and
trainitrain ing of safety protocols are being reviewed now. >> he bobbed up in the air, came down with a person in his mouth, was shaking her violently. a shoe flew off. and sighen ares immediately started going off. people were running everywhere. >> this is one of those times that just -- it's baffling to us. again, we're going to evaluate this and make sure that we try to understand it. >> the 30-year-old whale has been involved in two previous deaths. he won't be isolated from his pod because of this latest incident, officials say. still ahead on the next half hour of "news4 at 5," trouble on the tracks. major delays on amtrak today after two people are struck and killed. the snow may be melting, but it may cause problems into the spring. how our back-to-back blizzards are already in pacting spring sports.
welcome back, everybody. i'm jimhandily. >> i'm wendy rieger. the impact our back-to-back blizzards had on student athletes. we'll show you how to cook slowly without a slow cooker. and we'll go live to vancouv vancouver. but we begin this half hour with our top story. it involves possible new protection for gay married couples. maryland's attorney general says that agencies should recognize
same-sex marriages performed in other states. it comes as the strict is about to legalize gay marriages. >> tom sherwood has more on this. tom? >> jim and wendy, this legal opinion, as you might expect, is getting praise and criticism. some states are facing legal questions on whether to recognize those vows as they routinely do for heterosexual marriages, drivers licenses and other legal matters. >> maryland is one of six states then country that doesn't either have gay marriage legalized in the state. >> reporter: maryland's attorney general has just issued a legal opinion that while maryland does not allow such marriages, it's legally obligated to recognize all legal weddings from other jurisdictions. >> the state agencies in maryland should recognize legitimate out of state marriages where people have the celebration, have a contract, come to maryland, we'll recognize them as a married couple. what this is is less about gay
marriage actually and much more about federalism, state's rights, and respecting the full faith and credit of other states, as we do all the time in terms of drivers licenses and other licenses. >>eporter: the legal opinion, which is strong legal guidance but not have the effect of law, won praise and criticism from maryland legislators. >> when it comes here, it's going to be pandemonium. there are many things against us who are not saying anything right now. everywhere i go, people are telling me they don't want this. >> that's exciting for the thousands of couples who do he licenses from elsewhere and others who might be thinking about it. >> reporter: the opinion comes as the district of columbia is nearing final steps to approve same-sex marriages in washington. a mandatory 30-day congressional review period of the law expires early next week. we'll talk to a group that's planning a ceremony in the district to marry as many as 400 same-sex couples all at once.
wendy, that's 400. >> i hear you. thank you, tom. two teenage girls are dead after being struck by an amtrak train. this was just before 10:30 this morning. the high-speed acela train from boston to d.c. hit the teenagers about nine miles south of philadelphia. rail service was suspended for hours. an official from the school district in delaware says the two girls were sophomores. their names have not been released. there's no word on what caused the crash but rail service has returned to normal. a chartered bus full of d.c. school students caught fire this morning during a field trip. it happened here on i-270 in frederick, maryland. this bus was taken the kids to a ski resort up in pennsylvania when it caught fire. it pulled off the road but by the time state police arrived the rear was engulfed in flames. 42 children, six adults on board all got off safely. the students attend stewart hobson middle school and maury elementary school in northeast.
despite it all, the group eventually made it to the slopes. fix the potholes. today, governor bob mcdonnell said to focus efforts in march to patch thousands of potholes. vdot says it will make it the top priority for the month. so there should be a pothole blitz on area roads. that's what they're promising. potholes form when the moisture gets into the pavement, freezes, and then expands and thaws. with this wicked weather, spring sports at area schools could be impacted. schools are trying to figure out what to do since there's still snow on the ground. julie carey joins us live from marshall high school in fairfax county. julie? >> wendy in, the fall we're used to seeing football teams take the field by running through a tunnel of fans. get a look at this. this is the ice tunnel that greets the spring sports athletes at marshall high school. most of the fields back there are still off limits. at marshall high school and
others, spring sports tryouts are being held inside because many tennis courts, tracks, and other fields are still thawing out. an elaborate practice schedule guides the teams to indoor workouts that last until 9:00 at night. >> fortunately, a lot of the schools have those set indoor schedules. so the kids and the parents, they already know exactly where they're going. that's been a real relief of burden from us. because they know exactly what the backup plan was. >> reporter: but at marshall, anyway, some teams have started to make a break for the outside faciliti facilities. staff broke a tunnel through the snow wall yesterday. the track is now nearly dry. synthetic turf fields are in the best shape, especially after athletes stomped on the snow. and the lacrosse team got a workout removing snow by rolling it into giant snowballs. >> the saturation is so deep, 's going to be a while for that -- that water to come off before they're really playable,
before you can get on it and get a good work and get a good grip with your shoes. >> reporter: in montgomery county, athletic directors are juggling complex indoor practice schedules. eight to ten inches still cover the baseball and softball fields. >> i sent a memo out to our parents and said, you know, i think we should think about bringing snow plows, shovels and snow blowers rather than baseball bats, sticks, starting blocks to a first day of practice. we're making some adjustments. >> reporter: for the athletes, indoor practices are hardly an ideal way to show their skills. >> everybody is going to be working from the same playing field. whether that's outdoors or indoors, everybody is going to have to do the same thing. >> now, in northern virginia, scrimmages are scheduled for the end of next week. it's likely most of those will be canceled. too early to tell about the regular season that starts soon after. coming up on "news4 at 6," you'll hear from the students about how they feel about these conditions and there's one group that's not too unhappy about all of this indoor practice
facilities. back to you now. >> julie carey, thank you. a lot of back and forth at the white house today. president obama and leading lawmakers are working on resolving the health care system at a white house summit. republicans and democrats find they do agree on some areas. both want to end annual and lifetime limits on health insurance. they also want insurance companies to stop denying coverage based on preexisting conditions. the big differences that remain include how much to spend and how ch to control. >> you know, the argument that republicans are making really isn't that this is a government takeover of health care but rather than we're regulating the insurance market too much. >> we just can't afford this. i mean, that's the ultimate -- that's the ultimate problem here. >> the president says bipartisan bickering is holding back reform. when "news4 at 5" continues, we'll show you why you don't need to buy a slow-cooker to cook slowly. plus, we'll show you a new
>> thanks, wendy. nice to see you. >> you're not talking about crock pots. we're talking about an old-fashioned way of cooking. >> you don't have t buy a slow cooker to cook slowly. everyone has something in their kitchen that does a great job with this and it's called your oven. >> how do you do it? >> these are 20-hour apples. basically they spend ten hours cooking and ten hours cooling. >> wow. >> and they compress way down and they get all soft and jammi and they're really great on ice cream. they could be a great side for meats, for pork. it's incredible. >> that's a lot of time, really low oven. >> yes, very low oven. it's almost like barbecue in your oven. low and slow. you can do it with sweet things, with savory things. let it cook for hours and hours and hours, while you sleep, while you're stuck in the house all day if it's cold outside. the house fills up with great smells. >> i love it. can we taste this? >> absolutely. these are apples. you can see they're thinly sliced but they're almost like pudding.
like of like applesauce. >> all you did was just let the apple just stew in its own sugar? >> that's right. you add a little sugar, but not much. four pounds of apple, half a cup of sugar and a little butter. >> oh, my goodness. that's awesome. >> very apply. >> that's perscfect. thank you, joe. >> sure. >> that was so fabulous and wonderful. it's just amazing how easy it was. for more, check out nbcwashington.com/aroundtown or go to washingtonpost.com. >> the pairing with the ice cream -- >> the apples were stunning and so simple. are we going to be wanting to cook indoors this weekend, bob? >> we'll be able to -- matter of fact, you may hold on to the food or hold on to everything overnight. look at tillman island. the winds gusting to 40 miles an hour. our temperature here now beginning to take a tumble as the winds continue to come in.
the high wind warning really goes into effect later on tonight. the winds are continuing to increase as that storm intensifies. look at baltimore. a wind gust of 41 miles an hour. we could see 40, 50-mile-an-hour winds tonight and into tomorrow morning along with some snow flurries or snow showers, especially for you folks across northern maryland. don't be shocked to see some in the morning even. it will be very windy. bundle up to youngsters. the windchills tomorrow morning around 5 to 10 degrees. and we'll see especially in the mountains of west virginia more snow squalls and snow showers. tomorrow the high temperature only about -- the high 30s. even on into the weekend, while the winds will decrease, temperatures will remain below average. by next week, we're into march. temperature on average is 51 degrees. we'll get there eventually. but still a cold pattern and a very, very windy night and early tomorrow, too. back to you. >> get the hats and hoods back out. thank you, bob. coming up, dan hellie introduces us to an 11-year-old
now that the melting has begun, a lot of homeowners are desperate to fix that damage. >> folks are worried about their roofs following the heavy snow and ice. liz crenshaw is here to tell us why many homeowners may not need a contractor right away anyway. >> or not at all. listen up to this story. contractors and roofers, they're all being flooded with calls.
many homeowners worried about water damage. they want answers right away. that might cost you more and could create further damage. >> i knew this lesson. that's what's killing me. >> reporter: nancy rushed to hire a roofer in the midst of two storms. her neighbors on both sides had water coming into their homes. >> what i expected was $200. then i got a bill for $562.50. i thought i was going to have a heart attack. >> don't panic. >> reporter: eric fears the worst for consumers who are worried about the werlth and their rooftops. >> it's understandable that there are going to be repercussions, but we just don't want this to be a hay day for unlicensed contractors coming into this area. >> the water dripped down through the header, came down through here and ended up on your floor. >> reporter: dan cox is a licensed roofer in montgomery county. cox responded to kim's home for an ice dam that led to seeping water into her house.
a familiar sight, gutters clogged with ice and snow, weighed down so much many are damaged. >> if the damage is done, you've got to let it just do its course and then after the weather is over, we can take care of it. >> reporter: even though the ice dam caused water to leak iide the house, after the dam melts away, cox insists most homeowners will not have roof damage. >> if you've never had water in your house before this ice dam, your roof is probably 90% fine. >> reporter: and if someone tells you otherwise, don't be persuaded to hire on the spot. >> always get at least three estimates because you're going to get a wide variety of prices. >> reporter: and make sure the contractor is licensed and has workman's and liability insurance. >> just because they say they do doesn't mean they do. you actually want to see a certificate. >> mistakes can be made, right? >> mistakes can be made, and you can be taken advantage of. you don't have to fix it right away. you can wait until the spring. then you can have that work done. >> reporter: advice nancy wished
she had listened to. >> i only did it because -- as a preventative measure. i never should have had it done at all. >> now, if you're wondering whether you have roof damage, cox suggests getting a pair of binoculars, get a close look at your shingles. you might find some are torn or cracked, and that may only be minimal damage. don't climb on your roof at this point. interesting point, though. even if you had water in your house, there's a good chance your roof is just fine. it will go back to where it belongs. you'll have to repair the inside damage, but your roof may be just fine. don't spend a ton of money right now. >> and three estimates. >> okay. thank you, liz. tiger woods' infidelity is now the focus of a new peta ad. this billboard was created. the message ys, too much sex can be a bad thing for little tigers, too. the ad says pet owners should spay or neuter their cats and dogs. peta says t media has gone overboard covering the woods
scandal so the group wants to focus the attention on too many unwanted animals. the group wants to put the billboard in tiger's home town in florida. tiger woods did not give peta permission, but the group says the ad was just too good to pass up. let's check in with sports now. we've got a great story about a little guy who is a wrestler and he's doing a heck of a job. >> yeah. his mom calls him an extremist. his bruth marvels at his positi positive nature. dayton survived a life-threatening bacterial infection when he was 11 months old, but he lost his arms and legs in the process. the good thing is that dayton was born a doer. this remarkable young man does everything he wants to. just spend some time with dayton weber and it will make you want to smile, o. this is how he starts every day. then it's on with the prosthetic legs and off to school.
it's what dayton does outside of school, though, that makes him unique. dayton doesn't just wrestle. dayton wins. he's been doing this for about five years now. winning more than losing and inspiring onlookers every time he takes to the mat. for this 11-year-old, it's not all about winning, but he loves proving people wrong. especially opponents he thinks are underestimating him. and dayton says he can sniff it out in a second. it's all by the way they shake his arm. >> some people grab me way up here. and some grab me right here on the end. >> right. >> so -- >> so if they grab you higher, are they underestimating you or if they grab you lower? >> if they grab me higher, they're underestimating me. >> really? why do you think that? >> because they don't want to grab the ends of my arms. they think this is more normal than the ends. >> reporter: pretty perceptive
for a 6th grader. dayton practices with his little brother in charles county. 5-year-old justin is only ten pounds lighter than dayton so it'sucially pretty evenly matched. but pound for pound, dayton is the strongest weber in the house. strong and fearless. you see, dayton actually talked his parents into letting him play football. >> he's fine out there. he's tough. tough as nails. look at him. >> if i don't make it in the wrestling, i'd like to make it in the football because that's my second favorite sport. >> and what is your best part of football? i heard they call you the vacuum. >> i got that name from getting seven fumble recoveries in a season and five in one game. >> reporter: dayton certainly has a nose for the ball and he's tough, but he's still a kid, which means plenty of play station. big budgeter tyler says when he first watched dayton use the
controller he was amazed that dayton could actually play the games all by using little muscles in his arms. oh, yeah, dayton wins at these games, too. so we have wrestling, football, and playstation. pretty impressive, but it's just the beginning. dayton is a jack of al trades and master of many. >> guns, crossbows, riding a dirt bike. he's actually raced. he did really good at that. he got third place. it was four people. he did real good with that. he fell a bunch, but he did good. it was his first time. >> how does he race? >> just like that. >> really? >> yeah. he centers mself on there. he feet can't even touch the foot pegs. he just puts his arm on there and rolls the gas back. >> reporter: tyler says his little brother rarely gets down and he can figure out how to do
almost anything. his mother believes it's just a part of who dayton is. >> he just is, yeah. he definitely is. he definitely has a purpose for being here. and he's a fighter and a survivor. he's in it to win it. >> reporter: don't talk about beating the odds with dayton weber because he already has. i remember when i first got out there to do this story i said to his mom, tell me all the things he can do. she said, you might want to get a knew notebook. the one thing he hasn't been able to master just jet is climbing that rope in gym class so he stands at the bottom and holds it for his teammates to get up there. he's only wrecked his four-wheeler about seven times. he's getting better at riding that these days. a very, very unique kid who has a heart of gold. it's amazing. he can literally do anything he puts his mind to.
golds to germany's eight, and norway comes in third with 19 medals overall. so the ladies skating long program is one of the most anticipated. it is the most-watched event of the winterolympics. that's on tonight. phil rogers has more on this. hi there, phil. we're winding down. yu-na looks pretty strong. >> it's really yu-na's event to lose at this point. she was so strong in the short program tuesday night. she so impressed the judges. in fact, you could say she absolutely charmed the judges. to many observers, the only question was how high would her score actually go? she skated to a james bond theme. tonight it's expected to be a little bit more classical. but of course she will have the two women for the united states, rachael flatt and mirai nagasu.
>> we've got a border battle with canada going on. that's going to be pretty exciting. quite a rivalry raging for two decades. >> yeah. absolutely, wendy. when you look at this, maybe women's figure skating is the marquee event of the games, but the u.s. women's hockey team is trying to steal the thunder from that today. look at the way these two teams are matched. canada has only allowed two goals during these games, but the united states has only allowed two goals durg these games. they're so evenly matched that when the u.s. women got off the airport in vancouver two weeks ago, the first thing they said was we want to face canada in the gold-medal game. well, look, wendy, here it is. that's exactly what's happening. we've had one exciting game after another. jessy vetter from the u.s. team says now it's really exciting. so i think you're going to see quite a matchup here this evening. >> it's going to be a big night. thank you, phil. >> thank you, wendy. for a look at great moments in photos from the olympics,
visit nbcwashington.com. that's it for us. strong winds are moving in. so are jim vance and doreen gentzler. they're next with "news4 at 6." there's new information about the whale that killed its trainer at seaworld in florida yesterday. the health care summit created tense moments between the president and lawmakers today. schools are having to adjust their spring sports plans because of all that snow that's still on the ground. we'll get to those stories in a minute. first, we want to talk about the high winds blowing through the decemb d.c. area right now. the washington monument is closed because of high winds. there's no damage or problems with the monument itself. however, because there are no other buildings in the area, the force of the wind has been considered unsafe for visitors.